The Warlord Bounty Killer, out of the blue, took to Instagram to honor his musical inspiration and one-time combatant Super Cat, a few days ago, noting that their musical rivalry was now a thing of the past.
Bounty took the opportunity to remind his followers that Super Cat, whom he has always credited as the man who popularised gunslinger lyrics, is the original rude boy of Dancehall.
“1st international hardcore dancehall artiste give the Apache his flowers now despite our indifferences in the past history a history way more than misery or mystery salute di DonDadda🍾🥂,” Bounty wrote, under a video post of the Don Dadda in performance on DJ Cassidy’s Pass The Mic Reggae Edition 2022.
“Him set it for us all credit is due👈🏿,” he added later.
In December last year, during an interview with YouTuber Teach Dem, Bounty Killer had laughingly listed Super Cat as being the earliest among the long string of high-profile lyrical and personal feuds he has had over the years, spanning his own mentees, rival artistes, former friends, collaborators, and even his mentors, when he was a hot-headed youngster.
Bounty explained that he and Super Cat had squared off in 1994 when, after the Seaview Gardens native recorded a single dubbed, Riding West—a song penned by Pinchers in which the Warlord sang about being a cowboy who fires shots on approaching Indians.
“Well, me an Super Cat neva have nuttn. Hear wha happen now. You si di song weh she ‘riding through di desert’? I neva even write a word inna it. Pinchers write dah song deh enuh … and Super Cat heard it,” Bounty said.
He explained that Supercat, who is of Indian descent, took offense to the lyrics about ‘flying Indian feathers’ in the song and recorded the diss track, Hear Dem Seh, in which he said he would “murda Bounty Killa through him sombrero”.
And den now, when mi sing di line weh seh: ‘shot him, an mek him feather dem fly’, mi neva really a look at it dah way deh. If a me a Super Cat a same way mi woulda react…,” he said laughing.
“Choo a nuh me write di song, mi neva a dissect dah line deh… suh di man tech it wicked and di man come seh: ‘scalp dem and heng dem up high’. So den me hear it now an seh: ‘di man call mi name. Caw me did really just seh ‘shot Indian’. Mi neva seh you. A nuh like him seh ‘scalp cowboy’. Di man seh Angel Eye and Bounty Killa fly. Mi she: ‘a wah dat? Mi neva call you. Mi a talk bout Indian. An even if yuh a Indian and feel a way, mi understand. But mi neva seh you…’,” Bounty added.
Bounty, who had counteracted with Ancient Days Killings declaring that Super Cat was using old-fashioned style and lyrics, that scalping was from the olden days, that he robs Indians and takes away their girlfriends, explained to Teach Dem how this song came about.
“Suh him call my name, mi haffi call back him name. An den now, me a di likkle veteran a come and him a di old veteran. Me caan meck you meck mi look like eediat Super Cat. Mi rate yuh and everyting, but listen mi now: mi a guh diss you. Suh mi did haffi stan up to him an diss him back. Me rate Super Cat; we look uo to Super Cat. Super Cat is the boss…. Suh yuh haffi stan up to di Cat and den yuh a guh look like a big man.”